Outfielders Travis Snider and Jaff Decker will provide a lefty bench bat and maybe see a little OF time; Josh's return has pretty well staked out that fourth outfield spot. Elias Diaz got the call instead of Tony Sanchez; this may be Tony's last hurrah in the Bucco organization; the Pirates are deep in young catching prospects. Pedro Florimon is expected back, too, (he's technically not eligible for recall until tomorrow) and gives Clint one more glove-first infielder.
|He's back... (photo: Charles LeClaire/USA Today)|
A couple of arms were added, too - LH reliever Bobby LaFromboise will allow for LOOGY match-ups and Radhames Liz, who looked sharp at Indy, will take a long-man role, same as earlier in the season. Rob Scahill was removed from the DL and added to the active roster to give the skipper another bridge option. We wouldn't be stunned to see Vanimal back, though he would require the FO to drop someone off the 40 man roster and may be a fallback only if AJ has a setback. At any rate, the Bucs want him to remain stretched out if they need another rotation add.
Snider, Liz, and later Florimon/Worley all need to be added to the 40 man roster. Today was easy as there was one vacancy and Casey Sadler was moved from the 15 day to 60 day DL. He joined Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Brandon Cumpton among those not counted against the roster.
AJ Burnett and Travis Ishikawa are on the 40-man & the DL, and they'll join the club sometime this month, too. Ishy can come off the DL on September 7th, and AJ is hoping to return by mid-September.
The one thing they almost all share is MLB experience, except for Diaz. So forget about Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hansen and Josh Bell; their time may be just around the corner, but the Bucs won't be starting their service-time clocks any sooner than necessary. (Heck, we'd have even taken Gift Ngoebe rather than Florimon, but not our choice. The FO values experience over all as this year is an America Cup race, not a break-in cruise.)
Clint told the press gang that he can handle a roster of up to 35, so there may be another move or two coming when Indy season's concludes. Stay tuned.